Just a quick Monday night sharing…
The way I work is simple – to do to/for others what I hope others would do to/for me.
And that’s how I achieve progress and success at work.
If someone who genuinely needs help, I will try my best to provide. If my team did something wrong, I will never leave them in the lurch. I may be firm of my expectations but they will know that I will always be there to front the situation and help them through it.
We are in a day and age where the corporate world truly resembles a jungle, animals fighting over one another wanting to rule it. Bigger animals trying to eat the smaller ones.
It can get depressing and stressful. However, I just try my best to stay simple. I wanna progress in my career because I want my hard work to be recognised. Thus, it is always important for me to work with a superior that appreciates my hard work.
While the reality can be challenging at times, what matter most is how we learn to look at it from a positive and hopeful lens. And at the core of it, it is down to ourselves and how we treat others.
To get ahead at work is not rocket science. I just remind myself constantly that humility and sincerity will pay off ultimately. And this kind of progress and success are more sustainable.
Granted, I may not get the top post or even a super high paying job but what matters most is that I can sleep at night and I am genuinely happy.
I am no saint. I have my ups and downs. I cannot tolerate poor attitude and lack of ownership, so I will make it known to my team firmly and sternly. I may lose it at times but o always remind myself to improve and do better to inspire change the next opportunity I get.
Grow progressively. And the most important thing is to want to do better.
As I bow my head to reflect on 2020 as a warrior and leader at my workplace, I get reminded that the first step towards a positive change in my team and workplace starts with me.
I ponder on the decisions I have made, the guidance I have given, the inspirations that I tried to provide, as well as the improvements I need to make to be a better leader.
I learn from being led, as well as those who have proven to be true leaders in their own rights.
It will be constant journey of learning when you are looked upon as a leader. It is not so much about the title but the responsibilities that comes with it.
For those whom I have the pleasure to work with, I wish that my leadership will:
1. Ensure that they are on a path of growth
2. Ensure that their strengths are built upon
3. To help them identify areas of weakness and to help them improve from it
4. Build up their character and sense of responsibility, so that no where they go, they will be an individual with real value
My role as a leader is also to help them refine their work processes and to eliminate unproductive workload, so that every minute that they spent at work will result in something of value.
From the lessons of my poor leaders in the past, I learn not to bog my team down with useless frivolities, eg. pointless reports with no clear reasons for, as well as how a poor emotional control may have an negative impact on the team. That is why I treasure all leaders, good and bad.
As I grow and upgrade myself in my journey of leading, I always remind myself of these two things – (1) humility, (2) integrity.
No man will be left behind or be left to fend for themselves. They are my responsibilities. I will always be their shield (only for genuine team members) to protect them, so that they can stand up to fight another day, as well as their sword to tackle the battles at work. This is why integrity is so important. It builds trust with my team.
I will never be a perfect leader but I will always strive to be a human being who will be swift to understand and emphatize, to genuinely help them conquer their battles and to grow.